Young Entrepreneur: DeLynn Abati

DeLynn Abati holding the cake she used to announce that she would be returning to school and selling cakes to pay for it.  Submitted photos.

This is part of a series that highlights young entrepreneurs, under 30 years of age, in Bourbon County. If you would like to nominate a young entrepreneur, submit to news@fortscott.biz the name and email/phone number of the person, along with why you are nominating them and your name.

Delynn Abati, 26, first dabbed in cake creating, that has become her livelihood, when she became engaged.

When my husband and I got engaged, my parents sat us down and gave us a choice: they would give us a set amount of money to pay for our wedding OR we could pay for the wedding ourselves and they would give us a bigger gift on our wedding day,” Abati said.

Tony and Delynn Abati on their wedding day, cutting the cake she made herself for the wedding. Submitted photos.

“We decided we’d give the second option a try,” she said. “As I planned our wedding, I saved money wherever I could, somehow we managed to do that without sacrificing anything we really wanted.”

“I decided I’d use that year to learn how to make my own wedding cake,” she said. “It wasn’t a perfect cake. There are some birthday cakes that I do now that look better than our wedding cake looked, but it was cool to be able to say I did it myself.”

She was married in 2018.

Once the wedding was over, she never stopped making cakes.

Out of that challenge by her parents, came  For Goodness Cakes, offering custom cakes, cupcakes, cake truffles, cake pops, and French Macarons. 

Delynn Drake holds a cupcake, one of several items she creates. Submitted photo.

“I started selling cakes originally, as a way to gain funds to go back to school,” Abati said. “The more cakes I did, however, the more I just wanted to do cakes… So I made a business of it.”

Submitted photos.

The business was technically formed on January 1, 2019.

“I did cakes informally for about six months before I started calling it a business,” Abati said. “I wanted to make sure I had a good chance of at least breaking even before I threw everything I had into this business.”

Abati works from home at her bakery business.

“I work out of my home for now,” she said. “I do not have any plans of moving my operation any time soon but that option is also always in the back of my mind.”

She loves creating and working from home.

“I have always loved creating so it’s great to be able to use my hands to create new things every day,” Abati said.  “The part that I love about owning my own business is that I get to create my own hours. I am a night owl so most days of the week you’ll find me baking in my kitchen or making cake videos in my living room at 2 a.m. People think I’m crazy but I come alive at about 8 p.m. every evening. It’s great to be able to do something I love, at such a peaceful time of day.”

Abati is the only paid employee of her home business.

“It’s just me right now.,” she said. “My husband, Tony Abati; mom, Amy Drake, and mother-in-law, Sandy Abati, are always willing to help and have jumped in several times to help me deliver, set up, or sometimes even finish decorating things. I’m lucky to have them! I couldn’t do it 100% on my own.”

Recently, Abati started offering new products and services.

“Thursday, August 15th, I released a lot of new changes to FGC,” she said. “The most exciting of which, in my opinion, is the fact that I am now offering French Macarons and I am introducing a cake cutting service. The rest of the changes are listed in a Facebook and Instagram post on my page @ForGoodnessCakesFS.”

Abati’s contact info:

Call or text: 6207041315 (texts preferred for orders)

Facebook and Instagram: @ForGoodnessCakesFS

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